Now that we are into the final two months of the regular season, the number of players that could be added in fantasy leagues increases. But the same is true for the number of players that could be dropped.
A player is often worth dropping if he will miss most, if not all, of his team’s remaining regular season games because of an injury. However, a player that is simply dead weight on your roster doesn’t have much time to turn it around, and neither do you.
So starting this week and for the rest of the season, we will be listing at least one droppable player along with our waiver-wire pickups. Before we list that player, let’s list some players that have given reason recently to be added.
Charlie Coyle, C/RW, MIN
A coaching change provided spark for the Wild offense, which exploded for five goals against the Canucks on Monday. Coyle, who was one of the goal scorers, was scoring even before Mike Yeo was replaced by John Torchetti. Coyle has now scored seven points in his last ten games and also receives first-unit power-play time. Now if the coaching change can wake up some of his teammates, Coyle could be in for some great results down the stretch.
Cam Fowler, D, ANA
In spite of not making a coaching change earlier in the season, the Ducks have finally found their scoring touch. Fowler has recently gotten in on the fun, recording five assists in two games heading into Tuesday’s game against Edmonton. Fowler hadn’t scored a point in a while before that, having been held pointless in six games after being sidelined with a knee injury. With the icetime and power play time Fowler receives, he’s at least worth taking a flier on.
David Schlemko, D, NJ
The Devils have used a revolving door of power play blueliners this season. But right now the lucky winner is Schlemko, who seems to be settling into a regular role with the Devils after being a spare part for several other teams. Currently on the Devils’ first-unit power play, Schlemko has scored 10 of his 17 points with the man advantage. He has also scored points in back-to-back games and leads all Devils’ defensemen with 77 shots on goal. His talent is also evident on this shootout goal from last season.
Carter Hutton, G, NSH
If you’re a Pekka Rinne owner, you’ll know all too well that he has struggled mightily (2.57 GAA, 0.902 Save percentage). At this point Rinne’s struggles may even open the door for the little-used Hutton. A shutout on Saturday against Florida earned Hutton a rare second consecutive start against Dallas on Monday. Although the Predators lost 3-2 in overtime, the Stars’ offense has overpowered many teams this season. It’s time to consider Hutton as a handcuff if you are a Rinne owner.
Dennis Wideman, D, CGY
We are still waiting to find out whether Wideman’s 20-game suspension will be reduced. In the meantime, you might be wasting bench space on him since suspended players can’t be placed on IR. If you’re worried about potential lost production once he returns, keep in mind that he won’t even come close to the 15 goals and 56 points that he scored last season. But with two goals and 19 points in 48 games, he wasn’t on pace to match it even before the suspension.
Alexander Edler, D, VAN
Edler is expected to be out with a fractured fibula for the next six weeks, which puts his expected return at around April 1. That would leave him with about five games left in the season, since the Canucks’ season ends on April 9. His 20 points in 52 games makes him a solid option as your fourth defenseman, and the 24 minutes per game that he logs for the Canucks gives him additional value in leagues that count icetime. Stash him on your IR if you have room, but don’t feel guilty if you have to drop him.